News & Press Releases

Press Releases after the finish of the 2009 Circuit
Press Release Photo, See Caption Christi McQuaker and Katherine Locker Top $10,000 Canadian Circuit Awards in Vermont – August 21, 2009 –

For the fourth year, the Vermont Summer Festival proudly offered $10,000 in bonus prize money to its neighbors from the north through the $10,000 Canadian Circuit Awards, presented by Ariat International, Inc. The six-week Vermont Summer Festival was held from July 1 to August 9, 2009, at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.

"Katherine Locker, shown here riding Paddington, topped the Jumper division of the $10,000 Canadian Circuit Awards, Presented by Ariat International, Inc., at the 2009 Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show in East Dorset, VT."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  Photographs of all circuit championship winners are available upon request.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Darragh Kenny Claims the $10,000 Sir Ruly Open Jumper High Score Award – August 20, 2009 –

Ireland’s Darragh Kenny topped the $10,000 Open Jumper High Score Awards, Presented by Sir Ruly, Inc., at the 2009 Vermont Summer Festival held July 1 to August 9 in East Dorset, VT.  Kenny dominated the race for the $10,000 Open Jumper High Score Awards, amassing an impressive 306 points and winning $5,000 in bonus money awarded at the end of the six-week competition.

“Ireland’s Darragh Kenny won the $10,000 Open Jumper High Score Award, sponsored by Sir Ruly, Inc., at the 2009 Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.”  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.  Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  Photographs of all circuit championship winners are available upon request.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Week 6 - Vermont Summer Celebration
Press Release Photo, See Caption Dobbs Delivers One-Two Punch to Conclude Vermont Summer Festival – August 9, 2009 –

Hillary Dobbs of Sussex, NJ, had no one to beat but herself as she sped around the course to take first and second place in the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix, the final event of the six-week Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.

"Hillary Dobbs and Marengo won the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix on Sunday, August 9, 2009, to conclude the six-week Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT”  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Alissa Kinsey and Grisset are the Perfect Combination in Vermont – August 8, 2009 –

For the sixth week in a row, Alissa Kinsey of Fort Meyers, FL, and Grisset won the $2,500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Amateur Jumper Classic on Saturday, August, 8, during the final week of competition at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.

“Alissa Kinsey and Grisset won all six $2,500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Amateur Jumper Classics during the six-week Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.”  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Hillary Dobbs and Marengo Victorious in Vermont – August 7, 2009 –

Hillary Dobbs of Sussex, NJ, raced through the timers with Marengo to win the $10,000 Polo Ralph Lauren Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Design Outlets, on Friday, August 7, at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.

“Hillary Dobbs and Marengo won the $10,000 Polo Ralph Lauren Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, on Friday, August 7, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Caitlin Venezia and Fair Wind Sail to Victory at Vermont Summer Festival – August 6, 2009 –

Several hunter divisions wrapped up their final week of competition on Thursday, August 6, at the six-week Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT, with championship titles and Circuit Champion Awards handed out to the top point earners.

“Caitlin Venezia guided Fair Wind to the First Year Green Working Hunter Circuit Championship title at the 2009 Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Christi McQuaker Claims Canadian Circuit Award in Vermont – August 5, 2009 –

With one more week of competition left to go at the Vermont Summer Festival, Christi McQuaker’s lead in the $10,000 Canadian Circuit Awards, Presented by Ariat International, Inc., cannot be caught. The six-week Vermont Summer Festival runs from July 1 to August 9 at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.

“Christi McQuaker topped the Hunter division of the $10,000 Canadian Circuit Awards, Presented by Ariat International, Inc., at the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show in East Dorset, VT."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Week 5 - Manchester & the Mountains Horse Show
Press Release Photo, See Caption Hillary Dobbs and Marengo are Unbeatable in Vermont – August 2, 2009 –

Hillary Dobbs of Sussex, NJ, and her mount, Marengo, won the $30,000 Manchester & The Mountains Grand Prix, Presented by The Inn At Willow Pond, on Sunday, August 2, to conclude week five of the six-week Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.

"Hillary Dobbs and Marengo won the $30,000 Manchester & The Mountains Grand Prix on Sunday, August 2, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.”  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Hat Trick for Darragh Kenny in Vermont – August 1, 2009 –

He may have been aboard a different horse, but the result was the same – another victory for Ireland’s Darragh Kenny. Kenny sprinted through the timers aboard Castletto to win the $10,000 Tumi Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Design Outlets, on Saturday, August 1, at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.

“Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Castletto won the $10,000 Tumi Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Design Outlets, on Saturday, August 1, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show in East Dorset, VT.”  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Alexandra Arute Wins WIHS Equitation at Vermont Summer Festival – July 31, 2009 –

The fourth time was the charm for Alexandra Arute who took the top prize riding Sander in the WIHS Equitation competition held Friday, July 31, at the Manchester & The Mountains Horse Show, part of the six-week Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.

“Alexandra Arute and Sander won the WIHS Equitation competition on Friday, July 31, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show in East Dorset, VT.”  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Amber Henter Triumphs at Vermont Summer Festival – July 30, 2009 –

Heavy overnight rains might have dampened the spirits of some, but it had no effect on the competitive spirit of the junior riders who showed up ready to win on Thursday, July 30, at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.

“Amber Henter and Triumph won the Platinum Performance USEF Talent Search on Thursday, July 30, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show in East Dorset, VT.”  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Krystyna Metcalf and Doron 5 Triumph at Vermont Summer Festival – July 29, 2009 –

Opening day of week five of the Vermont Summer Festival, the Manchester & The Mountains Horse Show, saw 462 hunters and 203 jumpers of various sizes, colors and ages enter the five competition arenas in their quest for glory on Wednesday, July 29.

“Krystyna Metcalf and Doron 5 won Section B of the New England Jumper competition on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 in East Dorset, VT.”  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Week 4 - Valley Classic Horse Show
Press Release Photo, See Caption Kirk Webby and Sitah Handily Win $30,000 Grand Prix in Vermont – July 26, 2009 –

Kirk Webby of New Zealand won the $30,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix, Presented by Hand Motors, riding his 2008 Olympic mount, Sitah, on Sunday, July 26, to conclude the fourth of six weeks of competition at the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show in East Dorset, VT.

"Kirk Webby of New Zealand guided Sitah to victory in the $30,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix, Presented by Hand Motors, on Sunday, July 26, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.”  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Lisa Zimmer and Kaniny H Fly to Victory in Vermont – July 25, 2009 –

Lisa Zimmer of Wycoff, NJ, won the $1,500 Marshall & Sterling Children's Jumper Classic during week four, the Valley Classic Horse Show, of the six-week Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.

"Lisa Zimmer and Kaniny H won the $1,500 Marshall & Sterling Children’s Jumper Classic on Saturday, July 25, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Louis Jacobs and Kachina Soar to $10,000 Open Welcome Victory in Vermont – July 24, 2009 –

Louis Jacobs of East Aurora, NY, and Kachina won the $10,000 Escada & Giorgio Armani Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, on Friday, July 24, at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT

"Louis Jacobs and Kachina won the $10,000 Escada & Giorgio Armani Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, on Friday, July 24, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Green Mountains Provide Perfect Backdrop for Hunter Competition in Vermont – July 23, 2009 –

With coats gleaming in the Vermont sunshine and manes and tails braided perfectly, the hunter horses, making up more than half of the 850 horses on the show grounds for week four of the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT, vied for ribbons, glory and prizes.

“Lindsay Portella and Millesime du Valy won the Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show in East Dorset, VT.”  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Christi McQuaker and Darragh Kenny Lead Circuit Award Standings in Vermont – July 22, 2009 –

For the fourth consecutive year, the Vermont Summer Festival proudly offers $10,000 in bonus prize money to Canadian riders who travel south to show at the six-week hunter-jumper competition held from July 1 to August 9 at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.

“Christi McQuaker, shown here riding Allura, currently leads the hunter division of the $10,000 Canadian Circuit Awards, sponsored by Ariat International, Inc., at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT..”  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Week Three Concludes with Family Win at the Vermont Summer Festival – July 21, 2009 –

Janice Syphers had a lot to thank her mother for on Sunday morning as she exited the Grand Prix ring with a blue ribbon, a trophy and $1,500 in prize money for her win in the $5,000 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic at the Vermont Summer Festival.

“Janice Syphers and Star 32 won the $5,000 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic on Sunday, July 19, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.”  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Week 3 - Manchester Classic Horse Show
Press Release Photo, See Caption Darragh Kenny Continues to Ride Winning Streak in Vermont – July 19, 2009 –

For the second week in a row, Ireland’s Darragh Kenny stood in the winner’s circle after scoring back-to-back grand prix victories at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT. Having won the $30,000 Battenkill Grand Prix, Presented by Devoucoux, on Sunday, July 12, riding Palona, the 21-year-old rider hailing from County Offaly laid claimed to the $30,000 Otter Creek Grand Prix, Presented by the Equinox Resort, on Sunday, July 19, with Obelix.

"Ireland’s Darragh Kenny rode Obelix to victory in the $30,000 Otter Creek Grand Prix, Presented by the Equinox Resort, on Sunday, July 19, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival Horse in East Dorset, VT.”  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Amateur And Junior Riders Take Over the Showgrounds In Vermont – July 18, 2009 –

Amateur and Junior riders had the opportunity to show their prowess as they competed in several equitation and hunter classes on Saturday, July 18, during the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show in East Dorset VT.

"Anna Kluger guided Boulevard Dier to the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 Championship title on July 18, 2009 during the third week of competition at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT"  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Irishman Darragh Kenny Wins Again in Vermont – July 17, 2009 –

Darragh Kenny of Ireland is the rider to beat at the Vermont Summer Festival after winning the $10,000 Hickey Freeman & Bobby Jones Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, in East Dorset, VT.

"Darragh Kenny of Ireland and Palona won the $10,000 Hickey Freeman & Bobby Jones Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, on Friday, July 17, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Hillary Dobbs and Marengo Win NAL Open Jumper Speed – July 16, 2009 –

Hillary Dobbs of Sussex, NJ, won the $3,000 North American League (NAL) Open Jumper Speed class on Thursday, July 16, during the third week of competition, the Manchester Classic, at the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show in East Dorset, VT.

"Hillary Dobbs and Marengo won the $3,000 NAL Open Jumper Speed on Thursday, July 16, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT"  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Winning Is All In The Family For The Montross Clan – July 15, 2009 –

The first two weeks of competition at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, Vermont was very successful for Tad, Laura Lee and Nina Montross of Bedford Hills, NY.

"Laura Lee Montross riding Koredo at the 2009 Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show in East Dorset, VT.”  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Week 2 - Manchester Summer Festival Horse Show
Press Release Photo, See Caption Déjà vu for Darragh Kenny at Vermont Summer Festival – July 12, 2009 –

Ireland’s Darragh Kenny continued his domination of the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show by winning the $30,000 Battenkill Grand Prix, Presented by Devoucoux, on Sunday, July 12, in East Dorset, VT.  The 21-year-old rider from County Offaly not only won the Grand Prix but also placed second, sixth and eighth.

"Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Palona won the $30,000 Battenkill Grand Prix, Presented by Devoucoux, on Sunday, July 12, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show in East Dorset, VT.”  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Natalie Crane Flies to Victory at Vermont Summer Festival – July 11, 2009 –

Natalie Crane of South Dartmouth, MA, claimed victory in the $1,500 Marshall & Sterling Children’s Jumper competition held Saturday, July 11, at the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show in East Dorset, VT.

"Natalie Crane of South Dartmouth, MA, won the $1,500 Marshall & Sterling Children’s Jumper riding Matilde Lina on Saturday, July 11, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show in East Dorset, VT."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Darragh Kenny Dominates Open Welcome at Vermont Summer Festival – July 10, 2009 –

Darragh Kenny of Ireland won the $10,000 Betsey Johnson Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, on Friday, July 10, at the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show in East Dorset, VT.  The luck of the Irish was certainly with the 21-year-old rider hailing from County Offaly as he not only won Friday’s featured event at the Vermont Summer Festival, but also placed third and fourth.

"Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Obelix won the $10,000 Betsey Johnson Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, on Friday, July 10, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show in East Dorset, Vermont."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Molly Braswell Wins USEF Show Jumping Talent Search in Vermont – July 9, 2009 –

Molly Braswell of Ocala, FL, topped a field of 39 entries to win the Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search held Thursday, July 9, at the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show in East Dorset, VT.  Riding Tenacious, Braswell successfully completed the jumping phase before advancing to the flat phase where competitors were tested on their ability to perform the counter-canter in both directions.

"Molly Braswell and Tenacious topped the Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, Vermont"  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Vermont Summer Festival Debuts New Hunter Ring – July 8, 2009 –

The Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show debuted its new hunter ring for the second of six weeks of competition in East Dorset, VT.  Canada’s Christi McQuaker enjoyed the first day of competition in the new hunter ring on Wednesday, July 8, by winning three classes, the Hi-Low as well as two Regular Working Hunter classes.

"Christi McQuaker and Allura competed in the new hunter ring at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, Vermont, July 8, 2009."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Week 1 - Vermont Summer Special
Press Release Photo, See Caption Jimmy Torano Wins Opening Grand Prix at the '09 Vermont Summer Festival – July 5, 2009 –

Jimmy Torano and Heechhiem’s Tampa won the $30,000 Vermont Summer Special Grand Prix, Presented by Johnson Horse Transportation, Inc. on Sunday, July 5, at the Vermont Summer Festival horse show in East Dorset, VT.

"Jimmy Torano of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Heechhiem’s Tampa won the $30,000 Vermont Summer Special Grand Prix, Presented by Johnson Horse Transportation, Inc., on Sunday, July 5, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT"  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Two Championship Titles for Amanda Flint at Vermont Summer Festival – July 4, 2009 –

Amanda Flint of Long Valley, NJ, rode away with two championship titles on Saturday, July 4, at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorest, VT.  Flint earned the 1.30m championship title riding Ami des Gemmes, and also took the 1.20m championship title with Will of Iron.

"Amanda Flint of Long Valley, NJ, won the 1.30m championship riding Ami des Gemmes on Saturday, July 4, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Kate Levy Receives Warm Welcome at Vermont Summer Festival – July 3, 2009 –

Kate Levy enjoyed her first visit to the Vermont Summer Festival by winning and placing second in the $10,000 Lilly Pulitzer Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, on Friday, July 3, in East Dorset, VT.

"Kate Levy of Wellington, FL, guided Lirving du Volsin to victory in the $10,000 Lilly Pulitzer Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, on Friday, July 3, 2009 in East Dorset, VT."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Annabel Benito Rolls the Dice to Win – July 2, 2009 –

Annabel Benito of Westfield, NJ, scored victory on Thursday, July 2, by winning the 1.20m jumper competition at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.

"Annabel Benito and VDL Las Vegas won the 1.20m Jumper competition on Thursday, July 2, 2009 at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, Vermont."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Opening Day at Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show – July 1, 2009 –

The six-week Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show opened on Wednesday, July 1, in East Dorset, Vermont.  Attracting competitors from across the nation, from California to Connecticut and from Florida to Maine, the Vermont Summer Festival is the summer home of many of the nation’s top riders, including numerous Olympic medalists.

"Opening Day at the Vermont Summer Festival, running July 1 to August 9 in East Dorset, Vermont."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Releases prior to the start of the 2009 Circuit
Press Release Photo, See Caption Vermont Summer Festival Has Huge Economic Impact on Vermont Tourism – June 19, 2009 –

The Vermont Summer Festival, the largest ‘AA’ rated hunter-jumper horse show held in New England, has a huge economic impact on the state of Vermont with an estimated $18 million spent throughout the duration of the six-week competition.

"Each year, the Vermont Summer Festival horse show injects an estimated $18 million into the local Vermont economy."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Devoucoux Renews Grand Prix Sponsorship for the 2009 Vermont Summer Festival – June 12, 2009 –

The Vermont Summer Festival is pleased to welcome back Devoucoux as a Grand Prix sponsor of the six-week show jumping competition taking place July 1 to August 9, 2009, in East Dorset, Vermont.

"Lisa Rex rode Fit 3 to victory in the $30,000 Otter Creek Grand Prix, sponsored by Devoucoux Saddles, at the 2008 Vermont Summer Festival."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption The Equinox Returns as Presenting Sponsor of the Vermont Summer Festival – June 8, 2009 –

For the eighth consecutive year, the Equinox Resort has partnered with the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show as one of the event’s major sponsors.

"Louis Jacobs and Kachina won the $30,000 Otter Creek Grand Prix, sponsored by the Equinox Resort, during the 2008 Vermont Summer Festival."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Manchester Designer Outlets Continues to Sponsor $60,000 Open Welcome Stake Series – May 19, 2009 –

Manchester Designer Outlets and the retail brands it represents will once again be a major sponsor during the six-week Vermont Summer Festival horse show taking place July 1 to August 9, 2009, in East Dorset, VT.

"Olympic Gold Medalist Joe Fargis won the $10,000 Hickey-Freeman & Bobby Jones/Betsey Johnson Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, at the 2008 Vermont Summer Festival."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Show Jumping Returns to Six-Week Vermont Summer Festival – April 30, 2009 –

The Vermont Summer Festival, New England’s largest “AA” rated hunter/jumper horse show, returns to East Dorset, Vermont, from July 1 to August 9, 2009.

"Kent Farrington, winner of the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix last year riding Up Chiqui, will be back at the 2009 Vermont Summer Festival."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Vermont Summer Festival Prize List Available Online – April 5, 2009 –

The 2009 Vermont Summer Festival Prize List is available for download.  Entries are due for weeks 1, 2 & 3 before June 5, 2009 and for weeks 4, 5, & 6 before June 19, 2009.  Stabling is limited to insure the best possible showing experience. Stalls are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.  Stalls may sell out.

Press Release Photo, See Caption Families Welcome at 2009 Vermont Summer Festival – April 2, 2009 –

The 2009 Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT, is gearing up for another exciting summer of equestrian competition. In addition to great hunter and jumper competition, the Manchester and the Mountains area will play host to all of the exhibitors and their families.

"The Vermont Summer Festival will welcome competitors and their families to the Manchester area from July 1 to August 9, 2009."  Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.   Photograph may be used one time only in relation to the above news item.  For high resolution photograph, please email Jennifer Ward at Starting Gate Communications.